By Suleiman Hassan
The government has appointed Ambassador Mohamud Ali Saleh as the new regional coordinator for North Eastern as part of measures to enhance security in the region.
Addressing journalists at Harambee house yesterday while introducing the former provincial commissioner, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said that the new regional coordinator will oversee peace and security initiatives in the region.
“He is also expected to work closely with the leadership of the region to deal with security challenges which include radicalization of the youth, ethnic conflicts and smuggling of goods along the Kenya – Somali border among other security issues” added Nkaissery.
The CS further said that the government has re-organized security committees in the region through deployment of new county commissioners and police commanders who will coordinate security initiatives in their counties under the leadership of Ambassador Saleh.
Nkaissery also warned against the use of social media for purposes of causing alarm and dispotency among citizens reminding perpetrators that this was a criminal offence as outlined in the security laws amendment act of 2014
Ambassador Mohamud Ali Saleh has served as Kenya’s envoy to Saudi Arabia and is a former provincial commissioner.
He is credited with restoring sanity in the former North Eastern Province at a time when it was facing many security challenges such as tribal clashes and cattle rustling.
His appointment comes in the wake of the Garissa University College terrorist attack in which 147 people were killed most of them students.
The Cabinet secretary and the Inspector General of Police then cracked the whip and sent home senior security and administration officers in Garissa County for their inability to halt the runaway insecurity in the area.